Artificial Intelligence is something that many of us are cautious to know, it is an issue that, in addition to having left not so long ago, will have a great impact on all areas of everyday life. Companies with different objectives and long-term thoughts in the future in which we are helped by machines that think intelligently are increasing. Each struggling to achieve that logic of a machine by various means such as machine learning or others.

In the following list, we collected the top books that deal with the philosophical side of AI, AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and ASI (Artificial Super Intelligence). They show us a clear vision of how we will live in the 22nd century, our relations with robots and even several ethical issues, that may be solved in the upcoming years.

The most important question about AI is:

  • Will Robots or AI we create ever become friendly? If it doesn't, will we all have to start working together?
  • Will they able to simulate emotions?
  • Will we have real connections to Robots (Androids)?

AI will have many purposes and goals, but the most important ones are:

  • to provide us with the necessary tools to improve our life,
  • to assist us with complex tasks in different domains, like medicine, transport, manufacturing, or transportation,
  • to be a valuable partner, capable of enhancing our happiness and well-being.

Too many questions on my side, let's see some answers:

Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

The Swedish-born philosopher introduces us to the world of deep philosophy in order to understand the basic concepts and forms of AGI and ASI. The book also describes some likely and some doomsday scenarios about the future and of course some alternative strategies for humanity.

Together: AI and Human. On The Same Side. by Zoltan Andrejkovics

Together by Zoltan Andrejkovics

This new book is specifically written for this niche. In the book, you will find several real-life questions connected to the ethical, practical and philosophical part of AI and ASI. The author shows us a vision for an ideal outcome of our relationship with ASI (no doomsday scenario) and answer a bunch of questions, from the practical side. We also enjoyed the fictive discussions between the future ASI and humans at the beginning of every chapter.

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

This book first clears some ground expressions like “memory”, “computation” and “intelligence” than slowly connects to dots how AI will affect our society. We will find also several utopias and dystopia scenarios in this book.

Rebooting AI by Gary Marcus, Ernest Davis

Almost all AI researchers unanimously adopt machine and deep learning in general as the solution to AGI. Not the authors of Rebooting. Some parts of the book are repetitive, but there are some good ideas hidden in this writing.

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach by Stuart Russell

Old but a must-read. The author is known as a computer scientist who did great contributions to artificial intelligence. This is one of the pioneer books in the field of AI.